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Help-Seeking Behaviors and Women

Women are generally more likely than men to seek help for a multitude of physical and mental health concerns. However, they are also more likely to attribute ill feelings, both physical and mental, to stress and life challenges, which can affect the type of help they seek. Help seeking is noted as a protective factor for many diseases in women, especially depression and symptoms of suicidality. Help seeking can be in the form of formal or professional support, such as from doctors, therapists, or counselors, or in the form of informal support, such as from friends, clergy members, or family. Social support, or informal help seeking, is a protective factor for women. Social support can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as ...

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